WA forms emergency animal disease task force

WESTERN Australia has formed an Emergency Animal Disease Task Force to help the state’s livestock industries prepare for emerging disease threats such as foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease.

The Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness Task Force established by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will share information and collaborate on WA’s prevention and preparedness activities for these emerging threats to livestock biosecurity.

The working group includes representatives from the livestock industry, veterinarians, livestock officers, supply chain and government.

The Readiness Working Group first met in May and was briefed by the state’s Chief Veterinarian, Michelle Rodan.

The DPIRD surveyed national LSD and FMD activities to reduce risk to Australia, including access to vaccination, as well as AO activities involving surveillance and diagnosis, traceability, market access, training and communications. The working group met for the second time yesterday.

DPIRD’s executive director of biosecurity, Mia Carbon, said the creation of the task force was an important step in ensuring the state’s livestock industries were ready to respond if foot-and-mouth disease and the LSD were detected in Australia.

“The Task Force will play a key role in providing advice to the Western Australian Government on industry’s ability to respond, contribute to disease preparedness and response planning and activities, and identify key issues related to industry recovery and resilience.

“The group will coordinate with other national and state industry and government organizations to share information and play a critical role in connecting with industry and supply chains across the state,” said said Dr. Carbon.

“The focus will be on raising industry awareness of emergency animal diseases, particularly foot and mouth disease and LSD, to ensure early detection and rapid notification of any unusual symptoms in livestock.

“The group will also look at the potential market impacts of foot and mouth disease and LSD and other emergency animal diseases and help industries plan for this.”

Dr Carbon said traceability was key to detecting and containing disease, as well as responding effectively and regaining market access as soon as possible.

“The Preparedness Working Group will review traceability arrangements in WA to ensure current data is available and accurate to inform prevention and preparedness activities,” Dr Carbon said.

The group will also help identify priority work needed for Western Australia’s livestock industry to prepare for an outbreak of foot and mouth disease or LSD and will also look at recovery and resilience preparedness, it said. she declared.

The Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness Task Force established by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will share information and collaborate on WA’s prevention and preparedness activities for these emerging threats to livestock biosecurity.

The working group includes representatives from the livestock industry, veterinarians, livestock officers, supply chain and government.

The Readiness Working Group first met in May and was briefed by the state’s Chief Veterinarian, Michelle Rodan.

The DPIRD surveyed national LSD and FMD activities to reduce risk to Australia, including access to vaccination, as well as AO activities involving surveillance and diagnosis, traceability, market access, training and communications. The working group met for the second time yesterday.

DPIRD’s executive director of biosecurity, Mia Carbon, said the creation of the task force was an important step in ensuring the state’s livestock industries were ready to respond if foot-and-mouth disease and the LSD were detected in Australia.

“The Task Force will play a key role in providing advice to the Western Australian Government on industry’s ability to respond, contribute to disease preparedness and response planning and activities, and identify key issues related to industry recovery and resilience.

“The group will coordinate with other national and state industry and government organizations to share information and play a critical role in connecting with industry and supply chains across the state,” said said Dr. Carbon.

“The focus will be on raising industry awareness of emergency animal diseases, particularly foot and mouth disease and LSD, to ensure early detection and rapid notification of any unusual symptoms in livestock.

“The group will also look at the potential market impacts of foot and mouth disease and LSD and other emergency animal diseases and help industries plan for this.”

Dr Carbon said traceability was key to detecting and containing disease, as well as responding effectively and regaining market access as soon as possible.

“The Preparedness Working Group will review traceability arrangements in WA to ensure current data is available and accurate to inform prevention and preparedness activities,” Dr Carbon said.

The group will also help identify priority work needed for Western Australia’s livestock industry to prepare for an outbreak of foot and mouth disease or LSD and will also look at recovery and resilience preparedness, it said. she declared.

Source: DPIRD.

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